Jeri & Marty Millard, Our Founders
Our club hosted the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival each September from 2013-2018. The money raised by this event stayed in the Jacksonville community, supporting the local non-profit (501c3), In the Pink...a boutique for women living with cancer.
Unfortunately, due to renovations downtown and unforeseen circumstances, the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival no longer takes place. We hope to host this festival again in the future. If you know of a lake or waterway that has the potential to host such a festival, contact Marty Millard at email@example.com or call 904-536-3475.
Our club introduced the first two dragon boats to the community on May 13, 2012 when we held our first practice. We have teams for everyone and are continually expanding.
We are also very proud to have the only dragon boat training center in North Florida. It is comprised of various equipment for Dragon Boat training and overall general fitness. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than paddling on the Intercoastal Waterway several times a week? Dolphin sightings included in membership fees!
Our premier teams are made up of male and female paddlers who are committed to exercise, practice, and competition at the highest levels. Our club has produced five team USA paddlers!
Our men's team is comprised of paddlers who are committed to practice and enjoy attending festivals to compete and build community spirit.
Our women's team is made up of a combination of women from all teams.
Often, our team members paddle together or paddle on more than one team. If someone is needed, they usually jump at the chance to paddle with their club members!
We have an all breast cancer team called the Mammoglams. This team likes competition, though it feels that they are winners before entering the boat. They have done quite well in the last couple of seasons and are leaving to compete in New Zealand in April 2023. Good luck, ladies!
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Coach Marty was on the 2019
Team USA Sr. C Team that swept their class in Pattaya, Thailand!
The earned 8 gold medals and set the world record for Team USA!
Pictured above is Marty with his 8 medals. His team in the boat is quite happy in their final race of the competition! Way to go Marty, Team USA Sr. C and their coach, Pat Bradley!
Coach Marty & Lisa Durbin (the two on the far right above) earned silver and bronze medals while participating at the
IDBF 2017 Dragon Boat World
Championships in China!
You are such great role models!
Our teams are defined by their involvement throughout the community. We offer a variety of opportunities each year that expose the sport of dragon boating to others throughout the Jacksonville area. Our teams also support the mission of a local non-profit organization, In the Pink. In the Pink also sponsors our Mammoglams breast cancer team. Though we have different teams, we often paddle as a combined group during practices and festivals.
In the Pink opened in 2009. It is a Jacksonville-based non-profit boutique dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of any cancer...physically and emotionally. They provide everything the cancer patient needs in one location. Services include wigs, headshavings, scarves, hats, lymphedema compression garments, post-surgical wear, mastectomy bras/prosthesis, yoga classes, skincare for radiation/chemotherapy, and a breast cancer dragon boat team.
For more information, visit www.jaxinthepink.com or call 904-372-0029.
The Lives We Impact in Our Community
"Thank you so much for including me and my staff in your Hope Floats dragon boat event. We had a blast! Thanks for all you do for our community."
Agnes David, M.D., Baptist Medical Center
"I feel a sense of peace when I visit In the Pink. Thank you for bringing the dragon boats to Jacksonville. Getting back on the water sets my soul free."
Susan, Breast Cancer Survivor &
Mammoglams Team Member
"Thanks for all you are doing to help the women in Jacksonville. Dragon boating
is a wonderful addition to the services In the Pink provides."
Ankit Desai, M.D., Florida Plastic Surgery
Thank you so much to our sponsors throughout the years. We are very honored to dock our boats at Beach Marine each night.